phpBB is an open source package that allows self-hosted website owners to create a full-purpose message board.
If you're tired of using free forums, where you're a slave to the host site's code and policy changes, consider purchasing your own domain name and a hosting package.
Once completed, you can install phpBB or another open-source message board package like Simple Machines Forum and start creating your board from the ground up.
phpBB offers a complete administration panel, with the creation of a forum tree system, the ability to create groups, choose a theme and alter the layout to your tastes.
phpBB really has you covered.
phpBB is relatively easy to install for most people who have a moderate understanding of message board code.
Another nice feature is the support forum directly on phpBB's website, where you can get helpful tips if you're encountering difficulties. The only real downside is that phpBB can be a little heavy on resources and not as fast as some users might want.
- [Fix] Allow whitespaces in avatar gallery names. (Bug #44955) [Fix] Sorting by author or subject on viewtopic now preserves the order. (Bug #44875) [Fix] Correctly determine writable status of files on Windows operating system. (Bug #39035) [Fix] Show report button in prosilver for guests who are allowed to report posts. (Bug #45695 - Patch by bantu) [Fix] Correctly show private message history (Bug #46065 - Patch by bantu) [Fix] Various XHTML mistakes in prosilver, subsilver2 and the ACP. (Bugs #25545 - Patch by bantu, #26315, #38555, #45505 - Patch by Raimon, #45785, #45865, #47085 - Patch by Raimon) [Fix] Fix some ACP style issues (Bug #45975 - Patch by leviatan21, Bug #16109 - Patch by prototech) [Fix] Move post bump information markup to the template. (Bug #34295 - Patch by bantu) [Fix] Show error in the ACP when template folder is not readable. (Bug #45705 - Patch by bantu) [Fix] Adjust viewonline filename regular expression to be less strict. (Bug #46215 - Patch by bantu) [Fix] Correctly apply the can change vote permission again. Regression introduced in r9470. (Bug #45895) [Fix] Also remove data from friend/foe table when deleting user. (Bug #45345 - Patch by nickvergessen) [Fix] Correctly hide skiplink in prosilver right-to-left mode. (Bug #45765 - Patch by prototech and bantu) [Fix] Fix dynamic config update routine error if firebird is used (Bug #46315) [Fix] Allow friends/foes to be added and removed at the same time. (Bug #46255 - Patch by bantu) [Fix] Only change topic/post icon if icons are enabled and user is allowed to. (Bug #46355 - Patch by bantu) [Fix] Fix saving custom profile fields in ACP if Oracle is used. (Bug #46015) [Fix] Make view_log() more resilient to corrupt serialized data. (Bug #46545) [Fix] Show error if hostname lookup doesn't return a valid IP address when banning. (Bug #45585 - Patch by bantu) And other assorted fixes